Is Packaging Plagiarism?

Sorry to drone on like this, but if you still think that the Opal Mehta/Sloppy Firsts overlap is the result of a young author's plagiarism, read this interview with Lizzie Skurnick, who used to work with 17th Street Productions (you might also want to check out her own ruminations on that interview.) Also, reflect on John Barlow's description ("My Failed Fling With A Book Packager") of what happens to the creative process -- and product -- when a book is written by committee instead of by an individual. I'm not vilifying packagers; I'm actually grateful for the wakeup call as the YA publishing industry gets the chance to take stock of itself.